January 24, 2017

Successfully Beat Lupus The Natural Way

By Amanda Box, N.D.

At just 19 years old, I had been working at the local health food store for just a couple of months.  I absolutely loved working there and was absorbing everything like a sponge.  I knew even then, that this was the path I was supposed to head down for my career.  This was where “true health” resided.  Not at the bottom of a diet coke can or a box of low fat cookies.

I remember when we had a special guest named Pam come and speak to the staff. I sat there inquisitively, taking in everything she had to say.  I was intrigued and wanted to know how she went from sick to well using only natural foods and products.

Pain Lupus symptoms by flickr Phoney NickleShe started by saying, “I had Lupus.  My doctors gave me no hope for relief and my symptoms continued to worsen. But, then my friend from California told me about natural medicine.  I connected with a Naturopath who helped me make dramatic changes in my life and health.  Now I have been Lupus free for over 5 years!”

I didn’t even know what Lupus was at the time.  I had never heard of it!  But, once she described her symptoms and elaborated on how miserable they made her life, I knew how serious it was.  Her symptoms, were typical of Lupus.  She battled with:

  • Constipation
  • Painful joints
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Rashes and dry skin, especially on her face
  • Hair loss
  • Weight gain

The passion with which she spoke gave me confirmation, even as a young 19 year old, that natural remedies work!  Many of the remedies she spoke of, I remember to this day and will be included in this article.  If you suffer from Lupus, fear not!  Wellness is just a few steps away!

A Clean Start

The first thing Pam did to beat her Lupus was to cleanse and detoxify her body.  Many times autoimmune disorders are birthed out of an accumulation of toxic chemicals in the body.  Many toxins, like the ones in our environment, are virtually unavoidable.  We eat, breath, and sleep amongst them every single day. There is:

  • Mold in the air breathe…
  • BPA in many of the plastics we drink and eat from…
  • And fluoride and chlorine in the water we drink…
  • These toxins are linked to allergies, birth defects and even cancer.

Everyone’s body is different and some of us process toxins out of our body’s much easier and more efficiently than others.  However, there are some whose body’s become bombarded from the accumulation of toxins and disease results, such as Lupus.

Pretty much anyone could benefit from a fresh start, whether you have an autoimmune disorder or not!  I recommend it to nearly to all my clients.  Cleansing and detoxification facilitates the removal of the accumulated toxic waste in our bodies. It is a foundational principle in Naturopathic Medicine and has been practiced for centuries!

The main organs you want to focus on cleansing are the colon and the liver. These are the two primary organs that deal with the processing and removal of waste from the body.  Once accumulated toxins are cleansed from the colon and liver, then your body can better focus on healing and repairing itself.  As a result, you will naturally decrease inflammation in the body and prevent further tissue damage from in the joint, skin, kidneys, heart, lungs, blood vessels and brain. Your body can then take full advantage of healing itself.

When detoxing, always begin by cleansing

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8 Tips For Cleansing and Weight Loss

Most people think of bowel cleansing when they hear the term cleansing, but it means a lot more than that. Below are eight little-known facts about cleansing and weight loss.

1.    According to some natural health experts, most people carry excess undigested fecal matter in their colon.

The sooner they begin to eliminate it, the better they feel. When it comes to weight loss, the weight lost through the elimination of fecal matter is weight permanently lost. (See #8 fore more information on the colon.)

2.    A healthy body is clean and lean.

Each organ that eliminates waste in the body can be cleansed. The primary organs that detoxify the body are the:

  • Skin
  • Colon
  • Liver
  • Kidneys
  • Blood and lymphatics

Body wrap experts report that when cleansing formulas for the liver are started a few days before the body wrap, the inches lost increases at least 20%.

3.    Our body accumulates chemicals, pesticides, heavy metals or other poisons in fat cells throughout the body.

It’s believed that the greater the accumulation of these toxins in the body, the harder it is for the fat cell to break down. That’s one reason why it’s difficult to lose weight.

A herb that supports the liver and kidneys is always beneficial when a person is trying to lose weight because these internal organs perform many roles related to digestion and metabolism.

The liver is the body’s major internal detoxification organ, successfully binding up any chemicals, pesticides or metabolic intermediates that need to be removed from the body because they will cause harm. Binding them takes them out of direct circulation and eliminates them through the kidneys and the colon. Using the herb couchgrass helps speed up this process.

Couchgrass supports the liver and kidneys and has been used historically for liver complaints, to treat jaundice. It protects the urinary tubules against infection and increases the volume of urine, flushing out irritants and chemicals along the way.

4. Filtered water and detoxification through cleansing can make a big impact on your overall health.

If you’re trying to flush waste out of your body, it only makes sense that you drink water that doesn’t have waste in it!

If you haven’t heard, a whole slew of pharmaceuticals — including antibiotics, anticonvulsant meds, mood stabilizers and sex hormones — can be found in the drinking water supplies of at least 41 million Americans.

If you don’t think you can afford a water filtration system, then check out the costs of kidney dialysis… over $1 Billion per year in the U.S. It may cost patients as much as $30K per month… do the math for the co-pay.

The kidneys are pretty small internal organs by weight, but they receive a huge amount – about 20% – of the blood pumped by the heart each minute. Every day, your kidneys process and cleanse about 200 quarts of blood to sift out about 2 quarts of waste products.  Be mindful of your ‘machine.’ Love and nurture it and it will, by nature, take care of you.

5.   Cleansing always requires drinking more water than what is usually drank during the day.

Experts recommend as little as 1 ounce for every 2 pounds of body weight and as much as 1 ounce for every 1 pound body weight.

6.    Cleansing formulas often contain herbs and supplements that support the organ that are being cleansed.

Some formulas add herbs, minerals or supplements that may contribute to weight loss.

Minerals help buffer toxins and provide vital nutrients to cells. In fact, your overall health is tied closely to the minerals consumed in the diet. When it comes to herbs that contain a lot of minerals, hydrangea is quite interesting because it contains:

  • Calcium
  • Magnesium
  • Silicon
  • Chromium
  • Manganese
  • Sodium
  • Cobalt
  • Phosphorus
  • Tin
  • Selenium
  • Zinc

In research studies, calcium, chromium and zinc have been found to have a link to weight loss. Calcium supplements may improve weight loss. Chromium deficiency is tied to blood sugar irregularities that can create the “munchies” and drive people to the refrigerator, vending machines and fast food restaurants as if they are mindless zombies. Zinc deficiency can cause appetite loss that interferes with eating regular meals and results in the person eating only one meal per day, thus gaining more weight.

The mineral content of hydrangea, historically used as a kidney cleansing herb, can potentially assist in the creation of a lot of benefits and there are other active ingredients in the herb. Hydrangea also has appreciable amounts of rutin and quercetin, two components of the vitamin C complex. One research study found greater antioxidant power and liver cleansing properties than the combination of milk thistle and turmeric. (Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry, 2003)

7.    Cleansing formulas may also contain herbal blends to improve the function of the kidneys, GI tract, gall bladder and liver.

This can indirectly assist in weight loss by creating a more healthy system overall.

Little is known about the impact chickweed can have on those who want to lose weight with detox, but it is especially valuable in purifying and cleansing the system. Chickweed assists the body in releasing fat while supplying missing nutrients. Chickweed is high in calcium, magnesium, manganese, cobalt, zinc, iron, phosphorus, potassium, sodium and vitamin A.

Susan Weed, well-known herbalist, reports that chickweed may have a regulating effect on the thyroid, which can definitely assist with weight loss. She thinks of it as a metabolic balancer. The saponins in chickweed emulsify the fat cells, assisting in their breakdown.

8.    When cleansing, it’s important to start detoxifying the skin or colon before any other organ, even though liver cleanses may facilitate greater weight loss.

This is because toxins released from the liver will have no open route to leave the body. They end up getting re-circulated throughout the body, causing headaches, joint aches and pains, fatigue and skin breakouts. Always cleanse the skin or colon first!

Many people worry about colon cleansing because they have heard that diarrhea can cause loss of water and electrolytes, which of course can lead to dehydration and death. This is understandable but not true because colon cleansing is not meant to cause diarrhea.

junk food garbage bin by Flickr windkeeper

Our intestinal tract should be used as a processing plant for the food we eat, not as a storage bin. “Some food in … some food out” is the motto of someone with healthy colon function. However, think about it. If you ate three meals yesterday, were three meals eliminated? If not, what happened to the fecal matter? Most likely, it’s still sitting in the processing plant, but the problem is that the longer it sits there, the more toxic the matter becomes.

If you add in the factor of not drinking enough water, now that toxic matter gets hard in the colon and sometimes “stuck.” The purpose of a colon cleanse is to gently stimulate the colon to release its contents, thereby decreasing your body’s overall toxicity level. When you think about it, colon cleansing is safe; living with a toxic colon is unsafe!

In fact, it is possible to die from a toxic colon. The medical condition is called autointoxication and the person literally dies because their body accumulated too much waste matter.

Colon cleansers are generally safe. In the initial days of using them, it’s possible to have a little diarrhea as the body is clearing itself of the toxic fecal matter. This should stop within a few days. You’ll be amazed at how great you feel when all that old matter is gone, and surprised about how easy it is to eat healthy foods afterward. It’s as if all the toxins in the old fecal matter prevented you from eating junk food.

Try a good colon cleanse and evaluate its health benefits today!

“Health is wealth”—though this is an age-old saying, it holds good even today. Undeniably, health is one of the most indispensable assets in life! You might possess all other forms of wealth, but to enjoy them you need to be healthy and lead a disease-free life. The best medicine is no medicine. You could prevent the many diseases by performing a body cleanse. What type of body cleanse have you tried with success?

Roger Asmus entered a fitness competition and won the Mr. Teenage Colorado in 1991. He was later named Mr. Mile High in 1996 and achieved his dream when he was proudly awarded the title of Mr. Natural Colorado in 1998. Roger has been highly sought after as a model and authority in the fitness world, appearing in national news and magazines sources. Roger is currently one of the top personal trainers in the country and is president of Core Health Innovations™.

 

 

 

7 Tips For Cleansing and Weight Loss

Most people think of bowel cleansing when they hear the term cleansing, but it means a lot more than that. Below are seven little-known facts about cleansing and weight loss and how they can help with headaches or migraines.

1.    According to some natural health experts, most people carry excess undigested fecal matter in their colon. The sooner they begin to eliminate it, the better they feel. And when it comes to weight loss, the weight lost through the elimination of fecal matter is weight permanently lost.

2.    Each organ that eliminates waste in the body, can be cleansed. The primary organs that detoxify the body are the skin, colon, liver, kidneys, blood and lymphatics. Body wrap experts report that when cleansing formulas for the liver are started a few days before the body wrap, the inches lost increases at least 20%.

3.    Cleansing formulas often contain herbs and supplements that support the organ that’s being cleansed. Some formulas add herbs or supplements that may contribute to weight loss, such as berberine and green tea.

4.    Our body accumulates chemicals, pesticides, heavy metals or other poisons in fat cells throughout the body. It’s believed that the greater the accumulation of these toxins in the body, the harder it is for the fat cell to break down. That’s one reason why it’s difficult to lose weight.

5.    Cleansing formulas may also contain herbal blends to improve the function of the kidneys, GI tract, gall bladder and liver. This can indirectly assist in weight loss by creating a more healthy system overall.

6.    Cleansing always requires drinking more water than what is usually drank during the day. Experts recommend as little as 1 ounce for every 2 pounds of body weight and as much as 1 ounce for every 1 pound body weight.

7.    When cleansing, it’s important to start detoxifying the skin or colon before any other organ, even though liver cleanses may facilitate greater weight loss.

This is because toxins released from the liver will have no open route to leave the body. They end up getting re-circulated throughout the body, causing headaches or migraines, joint aches and pains, fatigue and skin breakouts. Always cleanse the skin or colon first!

Roger Asmus (Weight Loss Corner) entered a fitness competition and won the Mr. Teenage Colorado in 1991. He was later named Mr. Mile High in 1996 and achieved his dream when he was proudly awarded the title of Mr. Natural Colorado in 1998. Roger has been highly sought after as a model and authority in the fitness world, appearing in national news and magazines sources. Roger is currently one of the top personal trainers in the country and is president of Core Health Innovations™.

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